Health Care Council
The Bridgeport Regional Business Council Health Care Council was formed in 2006, and the committee is made up of a cross-section of the business community that is engaged in and affected by health care access and affordability. The committee has representation from area hospitals, HMOs, insurance agents, providers, small business owners and the public health field.
During its first few months, the BRBC Health Care Council spent time reviewing health care as it related to access and affordability, determining the guiding principles that the business community could use to evaluate any health care reform and researching the details and status of legislative actions. The guiding principles, adopted from the Institute of Medicine are:
Healthcare coverage should be universal
Healthcare coverage should be continuous
Healthcare coverage should be affordable to individuals and families
Health insurance strategy should be affordable and sustainable for society
Health insurance should enhance health and well-being by promoting access to high-quality care that is effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient centered, and equitable
In addition to reviewing any legislative proposals and evaluating them with the guiding principles in mind, the BRBC Health Care Council has also sponsored events with the goal of engaging and education the business community on the subject of Health Care. Several Capitol Breakfasts focused on health care and two Wellness Forums have been held. The Health Care Council launched a Fitness Challenge in 2009 that is held every autumn.
A health care related newsletter was established in 2008 and is currently distributed to all BRBC members electronically. If you would like any additional information about the BRBC Health Care Council, contact Karen DelVecchio at 203.335.3800 or email@example.com.